Kennesaw State tabs Georgia Tech assistant Brian Bohannon as first football coach
by John Bednarowski
March 24, 2013 05:49 PM | 8240 views | 12 12 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Georgia Tech quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon is the first head football coach in Kennesaw State history.

Kennesaw State athletic director Vaughn Williams announced the hiring Sunday night.

“I’m bouncing off walls right now,” said an excited Bohannon, who found out he was KSU’s choice Sunday afternoon. “I’ve been so excited. I wanted to be the guy. Kennesaw State is an awesome place. People don’t know enough about (KSU) yet, but they are going to.”

Bohannon will be introduced at a press conference Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.

“He fits what we are about at Kennesaw State,” Williams said. “He’s more than qualified, more than ready, and we are going to take this journey together. I can’t wait to kick off Owls football in 2015.”

Other known finalists for the job were Georgia Tech linebackers coach, recruiting coordinator and Marietta native Andy McCollum, and Murray State head coach Chris Hatcher.

The 42-year-old Bohannon has spent the last five years at Georgia Tech, but he has been a member of Paul Johnson’s coaching staff for the last 17 years including stops at Navy and at Georgia Southern, where they helped lead the Eagles to the 1999 and 2000 Division I-AA national championship. During the last five years, no team in college football has rushed for more yards than the Yellow Jackets as they have averaged more than 4,000 yards a season.

While it means Johnson will be losing one of the key members of his coaching staff, the Georgia Tech coach was happy to find out Bohannon got the job.

“I am excited for Brian and (his wife) Melanie,” Johnson said. “He has been a big part of our success the past 17 years. I’m glad he has an opportunity to run his own program.”

For Bohannon, not only will he be getting to run his own program, but he gets to build it from the ground up. The job will also be his first as a head coach. In his career, Bohannon has not yet been a coordinator, either.

Williams said that was not much of a deterrent because Bohannon has always been surrounded by success, not only with Johnson and the winning staffs at Georgia Tech, Navy and Georgia Southern, but also back to high school when he played for his father, Lloyd Bohannon, at Griffin. The elder Bohannon had a career record of 156-58-1.

“He’s a product of his environment,” Williams said. “There are just some things you cannot buy. He understands what it means to be a success, he knows how to bring it out of the kids and he knows exactly what it takes to get them there.”

Bohannon said he doesn’t see his lack of experience as a coordinator or head coach as a challenge as much as an opportunity to learn and create something that will be great situation for a long time.

“I’ve coached on all levels,” he said. “I’ve been at Division II, (Football Championship Subdivision), the academies and (Football Bowl Subdivision). I’m at the point in time in my career you know its time to take that next step.

“Everybody has to have a first time. I believe Coach (Vince) Dooley’s first (head coaching) job was at Georgia. I think that turned out all right. I think Urban Meyer’s first (head coaching) job was at Bowling Green. I think he turned out all right, too.

“I’m ready to take that next step, and I am going to bring energy and enthusiasm to the job. And I think that’s what has helped me get to this point to be the head coach.”

Dooley — the former Bulldogs coach and athletic director who led them to the 1980 national championship — was chair of the Kennesaw State Football Exploratory Committee and consultant to Williams in the coaching search. He said the former Georgia wide receiver, who played in Athens from 1990 to 1993, was a quality choice.

“I think (Bohannon) has an excellent background,” Dooley said. “I’ve followed his career, he comes from good stock and he really wanted the job.”

Bohannon has been a key architect of the triple-option offense with Johnson. He said that offense will follow him to Kennesaw State, but he also said there may be some tweaks to it.

“We are going to be a spread team, and we are going to look a lot like Georgia Tech,” Bohannon said. “But were going to have a package under center, we’ll have a package in the gun and we’ll do some zone read like Colin Kaepernick and the (San Francisco) 49ers and (Robert Griffin III) with the (Washington) Redskins.

“The first thing we have to do is find the right dual-threat quarterback and go from there.”

 

 
Comments
(12)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
GSU Alumni
|
March 26, 2013
Coach Johnson had to make this happen! He sent Coach B there cause he could not afford to lose the best RECRUITER AND COACH on his staff in Andy MCcOLLUM!
KSU Alum
|
March 25, 2013
Disapointed, disapointed, disapointed. Big mistake and wrong offense over Mccollum.
spellmuch?
|
March 26, 2013
KSU Alum, you may want to pipe down and keep your opinion to yourself until you're at least able to spell correctly. Good grief. I think the word you're trying to spell is 'disappointed.' If you're going to use it three times, you may want to at least get it right once. You must be a real bed of roses to be around to get on here and criticize someone who has just taken a brand new job with a brand new team. Can we come to your place of work and blast you? We may not know what you're doing but we'll sure know how to spell a simple word.

Good luck, Coach Bohannon!! Don't pay attention to the negative know-it-all jerks.
Coach ATL
|
March 26, 2013
AGREED!! NO HC Experience or even an OC?????
ASU76
|
March 25, 2013
Humm interesting hire, don't necessarily agree there were far more quaified coaches in the mix?
Murph3I
|
March 25, 2013
I just hope they don't run the triple option. There is too much talent in the metro Atlanta area to be running a HS offense.

peachstealth
|
March 25, 2013
Division II and FCS are not the same. FCS is the lower half of Division I while FBS is the upper half. Schools that play FCS football play Division one in all other sports

KSU82
|
March 25, 2013
We got this one wrong KSU. Very surprised we did not hire the McCollum Coach with vastly more experience starting and running a program.
slim065
|
March 25, 2013
I will reserve judgement until he has his entire staff in place and we know what offensive and defensive schemes they will run.

If they run a triple-option then I think KSU could be in some trouble with 2 other established programs running that in the state. Harder to get kids to run that system than it is to fill a roster to run a spread-style passing attack.

Time will tell what this hire means.
Allie Bentley
|
March 24, 2013
Yay! Go KSU! Can't wait to go to a game. :)
greatchoiceforksu
|
March 24, 2013
This is great news!! What a wonderful man they are getting at Kennesaw State. Coach Bohannon is pure class and this is very exciting for the program. Congratulations!!
GSU78
|
March 24, 2013
Seriously? Wow shocker and disappointed.
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, and spam will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides